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Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón Named New Vice Chair of Business-Higher Education Forum

Dr. Eduardo Padron

MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón

Miami, June 20, 2014 - Miami Dade College(MDC) President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón has been elected as the new vice chair of the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF), the nation's oldest membership organization of Fortune 500 CEOs and research university presidents dedicated to advancing innovative education and workforce solutions and improving U.S. competitiveness.

Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., president and CEO of TIAA-CREF, was named the new chair of the BHEF.  He succeeds Barbara R. Snyder, president, Case Western Reserve University, as BHEF chair. As vice chair, Dr. Padrón will succeed Ferguson as new chair in the future.

“This is an exciting time to be part of BHEF,” Padrón said. “The organization’s groundbreaking model of strategic business engagement is providing evidence-based solutions to address our nation’s critical workforce challenges. Barbara created a tremendous legacy of leadership, and I look forward to working with Roger to continue that rich tradition.”

An economist by training, Dr. Padrón earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida. In 2009, Time magazine included him among the “10 Best College Presidents” in the United States; in 2010, Florida Trend magazine named him “Floridian of the Year”; and in 2011, The Washington Post recognized him as one of the eight most influential college presidents in the country. In addition, the Carnegie Corporation of New York granted him its prestigious Centennial Academic Leadership Award; he is the first college president to receive the National Citizen Service Award from Voices for National Service; he has been named an Ascend Fellow by the Aspen Institute; and he is the recipient of the Hesburgh Award, the highest honor in U.S. higher education.

During his career, Dr. Padrón has been selected to serve on posts of national prominence by six American Presidents. His energetic leadership extends to many of the nation’s leading organizations. He is former chair of the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education and the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Dr. Padrón is widely recognized as one of the top educational leaders in the world.     He serves on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Business/Higher Education Forum, the League for Innovation (former chair), RC-2020, the College Board Advocacy and Policy Center, the White House Fellows Selection Panel (chair), and the International Association of University Presidents. He has held leadership positions on the American Academy of Arts & Sciences/Humanities Commission and on the boards of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (chair), the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Campus Compact, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. He is also the immediate past Board Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Miami Branch.

President Padrón’s transformational accomplishments at Miami Dade College have been acknowledged by the national media, including The New York Times, NBC Nightly News, Time magazine, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He has received some of the most prestigious awards in and out of academia and more than 15 honorary doctorates from leading universities such as Rollins, Princeton and Brown. He is also the recipient of highest honors by the governments of foreign nations, including France, which named him Commandeur in the Ordre des Palms Académiques; Argentina, which awarded him the Order of San Martin; and Spain, whose King Juan Carlos II bestowed upon him the Order of Queen Isabella.

About the Business-Higher Education Forum

Now in its 36th year, BHEF's business and academic members collaborate in regions across the country to design and deploy education-workforce solutions in the high-demand and emerging fields that are so critical to innovation and national security. BHEF and its members drive change locally, work to influence public policy at the national and state levels, and inspire other leaders to act. To learn more, visit www.bhef.com.

 

Media-only contacts:
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